We went to alykanas beach village last June…our daughter was 2. We absolutely loved it..it is perfect for children and right on the beach! I literally don’t have a bad word to say about it. Some of the bad reviews were silly like plastic cups round the pool and the walls were too white but these things would never spoil my holiday and obviously the plastic cups are used for safety! We went out of school hols so it wasn’t too busy so I’m not sure what it would be like in July/August. I would certainly go there again. Also the village surrounding had some lovely child friendly bars/restaurant’s which all had play areas and bouncy castles in…this made it so relaxing for us as our little girl was entertained too.
RB June 2017
We went to Alykanas Beach last year & it was great for our then 2 year old. The transfer from the airport was short which was great. All inclusive so was nice and easy with plenty of choice. Right on the beach & a choice of pools through the day. Also has a splash park which he loved and an indoor & outdoor play area. Kids entertainment was ok on a night but he was a bit young, would probably be better for him this year. We would definitely go back again.
LI June 2017
Alykes 290 90, Greece
We’ve stayed at the Bahia Principe in Tenerife, it’s the most beautiful 5 star all inclusive hotel. It’s not within walking distance but has lots of pools spread over the 2 hotels. Lots of entertainment and if you want a walk around local villages or into Playa Las Americas, the hotel runs a shuttle bus.
HB June 2017
Calle Idafe, 38670 Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Bellevue club, alcudia! Fantastic location, everything right on your doorstep. Was our first holiday, little one 2 and half. Loved every second.
KM June 2017
We’re staying in siesta apartments right next door to Bellevue in alcudia its amazing just as K said, everything on your door step.
SP June 2017
Avinguda de Pere Más i Reus, s/n, 07410 Puerto de Alcudia, Islas Baleares, Spain
Family deluxe blue lagoon in Kos Greece is amazing! 5 star and definitely worth it
LG June 2017
Nea Alikarnassos, Lambi, Kos 853 00, Greece
The holiday village in c’an picafort it’s an exclusive Thomson hotel, it’s a family hotel, kids club, shows every night for all the family, kids pool with slides etc close to the beech and town, we would defo go back it was fab.
Maybe look at Can Picafort in Mallorca, can’t recommend a hotel because ours was quite far from the beach, but the place is lovely, beach very long and beautiful, lots of shops and restaurant, activities for kids, and lots lots of hotels, villas and apartments next to the beach.
Recommended by Mumbler PS June 2017
Club Mac is amazing! X and X loved it. Massive resort
JS March 2017
We went to Club Mac 2 years ago, it was amazing, tonnes to do, water park within walking distance and lots of pools
DV March 2017
We went to club mac in Majorca last year and thought it was fab
LM June 2017
Av. Tucà, s/n, 07410 Alcúdia, Illes Balears, Spain
Domes of Elounda on Crete is beautiful. The flight is 4 hrs, and private transfer was about 45 mins I think. Might be a bit more than £3k at this time of year, but definitely worth it, suites are beautiful, with private pool or jacuzzi. There’s another hotel nearby called the Blue Palace which I haven’t been to but has been highly recommended by friends. Happy holidays!
PJ June 2017
Was also going to recommend this place – it was amazing !!
BD June 2017
Driros Sa Tsifliki, Schisma Elountas 720 53
“We went last week and booked everything through Thompsons including the Wild West dinner show. We flew from Manchester into GDG and Disney express coach straight to hotel (Newport). I tried to book directly but to be honest it didn’t work out any cheaper”- Recommended by Mumbler MC March 2017
“Have stayed in Sequoia Lodge and Hotel Cheyanne, both were nice but personally preferred Sequoia Lodge, it was quite a bit more money but had a lovely indoor pool and nice bar area. We have always flown with Jet 2 and then caught the local train from the airport which takes you right into the resort. We also book the flights separately from the hotel booking as it has always come out cheaper”
“Would recommend the Cheyenne- it’s one of the cheapest, but perfect for the amount of time you actually spend in the room! We traveled by Eurostar – it was really straight forward – would recommend buying the ‘half board’ food vouchers too- as it’s a lot more expensive when you are there! ”
“We have been to seqouia four times and love it. We are going again in the next holiday. Lovely and cosy feel to it. We have flown twice and gone on eurostar twice. Again this next time we are going on euro star. It takes u straight into the park. They take your luggage to the hotel too! You also get extra time on your departure day too as train does not go till 6.40ish. The plane is normally lunchtime so you get up and go. Depends what u want. I just love the eurostar and sequioa. If u stay in a disney hotel you also get magic hours before everyone else. Normally between 8-10 on a morning. I booked this trip last july and got a good deal. Upgraded the train for a small amount and upgraded the room too.”
“I’ve always booked direct with Disney” – Recommended by Mumbler AEC March 2017
“We booked with Walt Disney for our hotel. We stayed in Newport Bay. We booked flights separate and flew with Jet2. We booked a private taxi transfer which worked out cheaper than the Disney coach and also more convenient (coach only goes every hour and it didn’t coincide with our flight arrival times). We went last August and loved every second’……’We went for 4 nights and 5 days which was enough because it’s an exhausting holiday waking nearly 12 miles each day! It was 37 degrees each day too and no shelter really so tough going at times. We paid £78 for the return private taxi transfer booked in advance. There is a really good Facebook group called Disneyland Paris for Brits which will give you so many tips and ideas.” – Recommended by Mumbler ML March 2017
Palm Beach – free tickets to Mundomar, Terra Mitica and the Water Park
Recommended my Mumbler DNH March 2017
Calle de Oslo, 2, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain
Puerto pollensa!!!! Loads of kids and it’s flat…long beach with shallow waters!!! Were going end of may I love it there
Ferrera Beach aparthotel near cala d’or. We went last year and loved it. Fab kids club and amazing all inc food. All staff so friendly too
We went to First Choice Holiday Village in Cala Millor this year and it was absolutely brilliant – went with my sister too so we had a 5 year old, 2 x 2.5s and a 1! And there was loads for all of them entertainment was top notch and restaurants plenty to choose from!
We went to pirates village in Majorca last year, pirate themed, all inclusive. entertainment, kids club and pool were fantastic, around pool is invaded by pirates twice a week, we have booked again for next year, jet2 fly there from Leeds Bradford and prices very reasonable. Without wanting to sound like a snob we have struggled to find a fab family hotel with all stuff the kids love that’s not tacky and rowdy.This is fab.
Check out pirate village in Santa Ponsa, we went this year and booked for next year too.. Mine are 2, 7 and 10 and they all loved it. Pirate themed hotel, pirate invasion
Around the pool twice a week, great kids clubs and entertainment day and night
Pirates Village is great; it’s not a luxurious holiday- it is definitely 3 star, but the kids loved it. The hotel looks great; the kids eyes were out on stalks when we pulled up! The rooms have a twin bedroom, a decent sized bathroom then a living room with 2 single sofabeds, a mini kitchen and balcony. All a bit basic and a touch dated but really clean so I wasn’t bothered. The hotel was full when we were there (Oct/Nov half term); the people were all from the north east, dead friendly but the all inclusive buffet was a bit of a scrum.
There was a nice variety of foods each meal but some people seemed to eat mountains of chips and chicken nuggets and the queueing got a bit irritating with a 2 and 4 year old so we ate out a bit. The pool was fab- a bit cold when we were there but that was November!
All in all I’d go again but maybe in a year or 2 when the kids were a tad older- the evening entertainment started at 8/8.30pm which was just a bit late for my 2. The booze was fine- I was expecting it to be a bit ropey but was pleasantly surprised. Majorca is beautiful too- we were only there 4 nights but I’d love to hire a car and go exploring next time. The resort is probably about 30km from Palma Airport. Take pirates outfits for your kids too!
Princesa Yaiza in Lanzarote is brilliant. It has everything you want and often is mentioned as one of the best family hotels in Europe
JL June 2017
Av. de Papagayo, 22, 35580 Playa Blanca, Las Palmas, Spain
Sani beach resort in Halkidiki. 4 hr flight, We went in April, its Absolutely fabulous, totally family friendly and not a bad tripadvisor review in sight! Highly recommend! Book direct for the best rates-They also pick you up from the airport.
LC June 2017
Sea Club in alcudia awesome holiday for small kids perfect really
DS June 2017
Av. de Mexico, s/n, 07400 Port d’Alcúdia, Islas Baleares, Spain
Last year we stayed at Stella palace in Crete, it was amazing beach just over the road, 5 or 6 pools with good toddler pool, food great, plenty to do and very clean. This year we went to parque cristobal in Gran Canaria , again great destination however the beach slightly further away but plenty to do on site.
CB June 2017
Analipsis, Hersonissos Crete 700 14, Greece
Just been to club magic life Cala pada Ibiza with thomsons (nowhere near the party bit it’s on east side) 2 weeks ago with a 3 month old and a 4 year old. Flight time was 2.45 but took 2.10. Weather fantastic. Hotel was all inclusive and was low rise modern apartments. It had 3 restaurants , 4 pools with the children’s splash pool being fantastic- it had two slides a sail for shade and a mushroom fountain my 4 year old loved it and it was shallow throughout.
There were kids clubs and a brilliant playground with the sails for shade.
The resort is on the beach so you walk past the pools through a turnstile to collect your towels to the beach which is 5 mins and gorgeous, shallow really clear with a few beach restaurants for lunch. You can get water taxis from here too.
Food was great and varied lots of things cooked in front of you and caters really well for children . Staff were great . Little onsite shop for inflatables etc
ED June 2017
Carrer de Cèsar Puget Riquer, Km 3, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Río, Illes Balears, Spain
I have recently been away to Italy with my 5month old and I received some amazing advice from other mothers which helped to make it the holiday of a lifetime. I am conscious the holiday season is upon us, so I wanted to share the words of wisdom…
1. Buy a few cotbed mozzie nets. They are great for putting over beds and buggys, but were also great for putting over windows at night if you need to air the room.
2. Take your room thermometer and a selection of sleeping bags with different togs.
3. Take your own brand washing liquid if you LO has excema issues.e.g suncare
4. Try and time a feed for take off (bottle or boob). We started to feed my LO at taxing to the runway. The swallowing meant his ears were fine for the flight. For landing – in hindsight, we should have fed him some water as his ears were hurting 🙁 Bless him)
5. We flew from Manchester and there is a special (free) fast track lane through security for families – a god send and so much quicker than queuing. Saying that – we needed the full 2 hours to get to the gate, so don’t be tempted to get to the airport late.
6. You can take liquids and bottles through security. We had lots of bottled formula and others were taking through water in bottles. They have special trays for you to put them in.
7. We took our own car seat and buggy – and were allowed to keep both until we boarded the plane. I took some large bin bags and sellotape to wrap around the car seat to protect the covers.
8. We flew Monarch and they were amazing with my LO. They upgraded us for free so we could have extra leg room, and on the way back they moved other passengers to allow us to have 3 seats to ourselves so the LO could lie down.
9. When booking flights – look carefully at baggage allowance with children. On Monarch we paid £20 for the LO ticket, plus got 10kg free baggage allowance and 2 extra pieces of free luggage (car seat and buggy).
10. Patch test suncream before you go so you know if you LO will have a reaction. It also gets them use to it being applied daily.
11. Get your LO used to wearing hats before they go away. Makes your life much easier. Mothercare ones have chin straps to help keep them on.
12. We took all our formula with us. For UHT formula, many places have restrictions on what you can buy – so we bulk ordered from Mothercare online in advance.
13. Read NHS guidance for the water to use for LOs – for formula and drinking water. Especially if they are under 6 months.
14. We found an inflatable swim seat a godsend for the outdoor pool. Our LO loved the independence of floating in it. A couple of bath toys kept him amused for up to 30 mins in the pool!
15. We bought a cheap Chicco Echo buggy in the sale at Mothercare as we did not want to lumber a heavy and bulky (and expensive) buggy with us on holiday. This was a godsend as it allowed the baby to lie totally flat – so it meant we had a changing table ready made wherever we were. Very useful given that we did not see one baby change facility outside the airports.
16. I swapped my usual baby changing bag with a small rucksack – which I found to be so much more portable for hols.
17. I bought one of those old fashioned string buggy bags for £6 from Boyes – this went on the back of the buggy and was sooo useful for throwing in toys, hats, glasses etc
18. I got my LO used to wearing sunglasses before we went away. Mothercare sell a fabulous range – and Jo Jo sell a strap that can help to keep them on the head.
19. Let dad handle the explosive bum at 30,000 feet 🙂
20. Take your own bedsheets so their bed smells of home
21. Beach towels act as great black out blinds. Take pegs to attach them to blinds or curtains
22. I hate changing bums on hard tiled floors so used a folded bathmat, topped with a piece of thin foam and a huggies swimming mat as a changing mat
23. On arrival in manchester there is a family lane at customs but it was not open when we landed. You will need to ask to get in it. Again, no queues
24. We went self catering in an apartment in a 300 year old farmhouse. It was really important to us that we had some opportunity for quality adult time when the LO was asleep. We got a ground floor apartment with immediate access to a huge common area where we could bbq and enjoy wine every evening. The walls of the old farmhouse were so thick the LO could not hear anything. It was lovely to have some quality time as a couple. We felt a little balcony in a hotel would constrain us and we did not want to have to spend evenings in the bathroom 😉
25. Practice sun safety in the UK when the weather is nice and get your LO used to the heat
26. I was dubious about a buggy parasol, but it worked a treat. £10 from toys r us. It worked so well that our LO told us when it needed repositioning (ie when the sun hit him)
27. A damp cold muslin is great in the buggy for hot days
28. If your LO travels well, enjoy day trips whilst they are so portable. However, I would not advice Venice with a buggy! 😉
30. Take your own baby monitor so you can relax in the evening
‘We just took a couple of well loved toys that could be attached to the outside of hand luggage to minimise rooting around on the flight. Good for days trips too as they attach to buggy and car seat
Above all – have fun. I found it to be one of the best holidays of our life. MY LO adored having his daddy with him, and grinned from ear to ear from the 3:30am flight wake up until we landed back home. I was really reticent about the flight, but it was fine. 2 hours is not long at all, and the air hostesses were great at letting me walk around and stand in their galley area to rock the wee one to sleep. Plus -a cute baby is entertainment for everyone on the flight. You will have at least 12 babysitters immediately around you to pull faces and entertain them 🙂
Hope this helps. Happy holidays everyone.’
EL March 2017
‘Spread your clothes out between however many cases you are taking just in case any go missing.Trip to pound shop for cheapy toys for flight’
AW March 2017
‘Chances are the 6 month old will sleep the whole flight, my youngest did when we took her at 8 months old. We packed colours, colouring books and mini travel board games for my eldest who was 2 when we first took her away. She’s 6 now and my youngest is 3, we take their hudls aswell as colours, colouring books and barbies! They entertain the whole holiday as the only time they use them is when it’s nap time in the afternoon.’
MS March 2017
‘Get the baby to suck a dummy or drink from their bottle during take off and landing it stops their ears popping .’
SG March 2017
‘I got told to bottle or boob feed baby as aeroplane is taking off so they are swallowing and ears will pop and not go funny. I took some lollies and juice for my toddler to for same reason. I took my toddlers favourite snacks in suitcase too to eat by the pool as she wasn’t keen on the food.
RM March 2017
‘I can’t help with the 2 year old but we took our 8 month away last month. Zeta Vrooom is a great buggy to take! Spacious, light, sturdy and has an extra long canopy for the sunny snoozes. We took a few toys but tbh on the 3 hour flight there was little playing. There’s so much distractions and you’ll be surprised at how exciting the trays are to a small human. If you’re on a beach then baby powder is great for getting sand off without all the itching and scratching. Maybe practice your contortions in advance.. you’ve not changed a nappy until you’ve changed one in an aeroplane bathroom!
KD March 2017
‘A kindle/iPad with loads downloaded from CBeebies in advance. Comics at the airport, stickers, colouring in books, a billion snacks
I would also pack: Calpol, emergency cereal in case he won’t eat anything else! straws, so that you can drink from glasses/bottles more easily when you’re on the move.’
VC March 2017